US Lawyers Front for CIA

RODRIGUEZ approuves CIA Tortures – US Lawyers Front for CIA, by Clayton Hallmark – Friday, Nov. 25, 2005: We describe CIA treatment of prisoners so you can judge for yourself. Each escalation of maltreament reportedly comes ONLY after an inquiry to, and approval from, JOSE RODRIGUEZ, the CIA’s Deputy Director of Operations (DDO) at the McLean, VA, headquarters. We describe how the torture works and how agents work it with Mr. Rodriguez (and allegedly with his predecessors, Stephen Kappes and James Pavitt). The CIA shuttles the prisoners around the world on civilian aircraft, almost all of which the CIA owns. The CIA owns the aircraft through holding companies that have one employee — a contracted private attorney in the US. A Smithfield, NC, firm, Aero Contractors, operates most of the planes. We show how the CIA aviation office works with private attorneys. The lawyers have no need to know what the planes are used for, and undoubtedly the CIA does not tell them about prisoner transports.

See Shell Game.

The fronts are set up by lawyers (see below). They are holding companies for aircraft and they provide a mail drop for business related to the aircraft, such as registering with the FAA and the state secretary-of-state. Several real companies — contractors, some set up by the CIA — have actual operations, including employees and premises such as aircraft hangars.

The CIA minimizes contact with outsiders and works through buffers. The front-company lawyers are buffers between civilians and the CIA. The Naval Engineering Logistics office is the go-between for military personnel interfacing with the CIA’s aviation office on administrative matters. For sensitive top-secret mission communication, the channel is direct between the CIA and military personnel with top-secret clearance and a need to know. The CIA employs military personnel in renditions (kidnappings), and communication about this would be direct. The contractors like Aero Contractors occupy a position of trust with the CIA, and communication with them is more or less direct.

SOME DARE CALL IT … TORTURE

These treatments are administered directly by CIA officers. To optain harsher treatments, the CIA “renditions” (snatches and transports) the victims to Jordan, Syria (our supposed arch enemy), and Egypt. The CIA’s own methods have been approved by one or more American “physicians” (reminiscent of the Nazi Dr. Mengele), which supposedly has limited deaths from torture to two or three.

Here’s how it works:

Mohammed X is a tough guy who knows something that can be used to justify war, and he won’t talk. So a cable goes out (this is a simulation, of course):

FROM DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY:
SUBJECT X NOT COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATION. REQUEST AUTHORIZATION TO BEGIN ENHANCED INTERROGATION.

The reply comes back.

PERMISSION GRANTED TO USE ENHANCED METHOD ONE PER REQUEST OF 03 MAR 2004. ADVISE RESULTS BEFORE FURTHER METHODS.
JAMES PAVITT, DDO.

An interrogator confronts X, grabs his collar and shakes. No harm done; these are not babies. But it doesn’t work this time.

Another cable goes out:
FROM DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY:
SUBJECT X NOT COOPERATING AFTER REPEATED USE OF PREVIOUS METHOD. REQUEST ESCALATION.

The reply: PERMISSION GRANTED PURSUANT TO REQUEST OF 25 OCT 2004 TO ESCLATE TO LEVEL 2. ADVISE RESULTS BEFORE FURTHER METHODS.
STEPHEN KAPPES, DDO

This time the interrogator administors a little slapping around. No harm done, just some open-handed slaps. The prisoner still won’t talk.
FROM DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY:
SUBJECT X NOT COOPERATING AFTER REPEATED USE OF PREVIOUS METHOD. REQUEST ESCALATION TO LEVEL 3.

The reply:
RE: REQUEST OF 01 JAN 2005 GRANTED.. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
JOSE [RODRIGUEZ], DDO

Method 3 is a “belly slap” It’s not the kind you do to yourself when you hear a good joke. It’s painful, but it’s not damaging like a body blow with the fist The American “doctor” advised that could cause internal injuries. But the prisoner still won’t talk, so another cable goes out.
FROM: DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY:
PREVIOUS ENHANCED INTERROGATION METHOD NOT WORKING ON SUBJECT X. REQUEST ESCALATION.

REPLY: FROM DDO LANGLEY
PERMISSION TO USE ENHANCED METHOD 4 GRANTED.
JOSE [RODRIGUEZ] DDO

The prisoner has his hands bound and is anchored to a bolt in the floor. He is forced to stand for over 40 hours at a time, which of course involves no sleep. (And you thought your job feels like putting in a whole work week on your feet at one time!) This is torture, or close to it. Think that would get this tough guy to crack? No way, Jose.

FROM DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY
PREVIOUS ENHANCED METHOD NOT WORKING ON SUBJECT. REQUEST AUTHORIZATION TO USE METHOD 5.

REPLY: FROM DDO LANGLEY
PERMISSION GRANTED FOR USE OF METHOD 5 PER REQUEST OF 14 FEB 2005.
JOSE [RODRIIGUEZ]
The subject is placed in a 50-degree room. He is naked. He is cold. Periodically the CIA officer throws cold water on him. The American “physician” has approved this technique, but the homeless sometimes die of exposure and so did one CIA victim in Afghanistan. But most survive what any reasonable man sitting in any courtroom would call “torture.”

FROM DENTENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY
DATE: 24 NOV 2005
INTERROGATION SUBJECT NOT RESPONDING TO TECHNIQUE FIVE. REQUEST ESCLATION TO TECHNIQUE SIX.

FROM DDO LANGLEY
DATE 25 NOV 2005
PERMISSION GRANTED FOR USE OF METHOD 6, OR WHATEVER, PER REQUEST OF 24 NOV 2005

WATERBOARDING! This is not an extreme sport and it is not a ride Sea World is apt to buy. Imagine you are the patient of the American “doctor” in charge of this. You are tied to a board like lifeguards use to carry drowning victims, but you aren’t one, yet. The interrogators elevate your feet slightly, but the hydraulic principle is not to keep you from passing out. They wrap your head in Glad Wrap. These people are not Dennis Rader, the BTK killer of Wichita — they allow air to get in so you won’t suffocate. But they keep pouring water in your headgear until you are sure you will drown.

Success. The interrogator has gotten the answer he is looking for and the US administration has more “intelligence” in support of his war on terror

FROM: DETENTION CAMP CHIEF TO DDO LANGLEY
DATE: 26 NOV 2005
SUCCESS WITH INTERROGATION METHOD 6 ON SUBJECT. THE INFORMATION FROM SCREWBALL IS CONFIRMED.

FROM: DDO LANGLEY
DATE: 26 NOV 2005
CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF CABLE. HASTA LA VISTA.
JOSE [RODRIGUEZ], DDO

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